I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done
and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.

Vatican Radio:

The Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobiri, has called for an effective synergy by all Christian denominations in the country to counter the systematic elimination of Christianity in the northern part of the country.

Bishop Bagobiri made the call when he received an official delegation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) which visited him in Kafanchan. The delegation was in the diocese to commiserate with him; the entire Catholic faithful and the Christian community of southern Kaduna on the recent atrocities of Fulani Cattle herdsmen in the area, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Christians and the destruction of property worth millions of Naira.

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On the night of December 2, 2016, I was driving my daughter Bethany, age 16, to her uncles house to make Christmas pies. Every year, they make about 40 pecan pies and deliver them to friends and family. We were driving at around 50-55 mph (the speed limit) on a state highway and it was after dark. Coming around a curve, I saw my worst nightmare. An oncoming car had driven completely into my lane.

Mine is a life of constant prayer so praying was not difficult for me in this moment. I had time to cut the wheel to the right, slam on my brakes, and pray. That was all I had time for. I prayed for my daughter’s safety. I remember my air bag deploying and a bright light that filled the whole cab of the vehicle. My daughter also remembers the bright light. Unfortunately, her air bag did not deploy but she suffered the least injury. Her chest still hurts a great deal from the force against her chest. Ostensibly, this is from the seat belt but I also had my seat belt on. My injury is to my stomach from the air bag.

My worst injury is to my heel bone. My heel shattered into 12 pieces. This is a very serious injury and my doctor says I may never walk again. I get around on a scooter that I rest my knee on. It has been rather depressing but I find solace in knowing that my prayer was answered. My daughter was saved, and so was I, by our guardian angels. Never will I doubt His love for us.

The other driver was insured but I’m not sure yet what level of coverage he has. I have had to pay a $735 storage and wrecker bill so far because I did not have collision coverage. I am also paying to have our dog boarded until we heal some. If you would like to help out, we have a gofundme at https://www.gofundme.com/lisagraascom